Tuesday, April 2, 2013

PT and/or Surgery

I saw the orthopedist on Friday about my foot and my knee. There's good news and there's bad news.

The good news is that she isn't worried about my foot. It's bruised as a peach but it will heal. I'm supposed to wear the very sexy shoe you see in the photo for the next few weeks to help it heal, and I should try to stay off it when it hurts too much, but other than that it will be fine.

Surprise, surprise: the bad news is my knee. According to the orthopedist, the ligament that is supposed to hold your kneecap in place was likely destroyed the very first time my knee went pop. And apparently there's nothing we can do to get it back. So instead we're going to try some PT to strengthen the other muscles in my leg. This is supposed to encourage the kneecap to stay in place, but there's no guarantee it will keep my kneecap from dislocating again. Unfortunately, any additional dislocations could damage my knee and might lead to osteoarthritis (the last thing I need). So, if PT doesn't help and/or my kneecap keeps dislocating itself I may need to consider knee surgery.

In the meantime I'm just hobbling around with OZL (thankfully with the help of my mom right now!) and trying to stay positive. 

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